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Stay High and Dry on these Spring Hikes in the Berkshires

March 4, 2014
While this winter hasn’t been one of the snowiest on record in the Berkshires, what snow we have received has stuck around thanks to colder temperatures. And that snow looks like it will continue to stick around well through the beginning of April at most elevations, which means when the temps do warm up, you’ll have to use some judgement when choosing your spring hikes. Avoiding spring mud not only makes for an easier hike, but more importantly, it reduces your impact and damage on trail systems and sensitive vegetation. By keeping your adventures to lower elevations through…

12 Reasons to Fall in Love with the Berkshires

Fall is the perfect time to discover the Berkshires. With our ever-changing foliage and cooler temperatures, be sure to explore the outdoors while leaving time to enjoy a few of our world-class museums. Don’t forget to squeeze in some delicious farm-fresh meals while you’re here.

1. Berkshire Elegant Country Inns

Berkshire Elegant Inns have amazing fall packages & deals waiting for you. Choose from one of our five inns and save $100’s on regular room rates. For extra romance, add a massage, chilled champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. No matter which inn you choose we promise you a memorable fall getaway.

 

2. Hilton…

Red, White, and Berkshire

If you thought the Berkshires “has it all” except the wine, think again.  We may not have the ideal grape-growing environment, but we have wineries!  We also have events featuring local, national and international wines served with complementary, locally-grown food.  Some wine-tasting events are even timed with the full moon – a perfect combination.

Next week:  Chez Nous bistro in Lee is co-hosting (with Spirited Wine Merchants) a Rioja Wine Dinner, on October 8, at 6pm.  The director of Bodegas Franco Espanos, Juan Carlos Llopart, will be there to present their selection of wines.  Chez Nous chefs, Franck Tessier and Rachel…

Dining Al Fresco in the Berkshires – TasteBerkshires

Pretty much, the most famous instance of Berkshires al fresco dining was the mountaintop luncheon of Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850. Today, the contemporary version is a dining experience on a terrace or patio, or at a charming sidewalk café, with the beautiful Berkshire hills and bucolic farms as the backdrop. As the season warms up and the Berkshires come alive with activity, there are a great number of outdoor dining options across the region.

In North County, the Freight Yard Pub in North Adams has a large 2,000-square-foot patio that highlights beautiful cherry trees and a fire pit….

Wend Your Way

Hop on board for an unforgettable driving tour of the central Berkshires. On this tour, you will explore quaint Berkshire towns, memorable museums, beautiful gardens, and much more.

Begin your tour in the Town of Lenox. Charming Lenox offers unique shopping, galleries, and eateries all within easy walking distance from one another, so it’s a great spot to take an hour or two to let your group explore and get a taste of the area. For the theater buffs in your group, enjoy a detour over to the Shakespeare & Company campus just outside of downtown. After exploring Lenox, head to…

March Maple Madness

By Amelia Ritner

Spring is almost here, and with it comes maple syrup season! New England boasts hundreds of small maple syrup-producing farms, one of which is well-known Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock, Massachusetts.  Ioka Farm’s famous syrup products will be featured at the upcoming March Maple Dinner, a fundraiser for Berkshire Grown and Share the Bounty to be held at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox on March 23rd at 6pm. If this sounds like a tasty reason to visit the Berkshires be sure to book your spot at the table ASAP as this event sells out fast.

Miss Terri, the sample…

Art and Music at the Whitney Center for the Arts – Berkshire Girl Around Town

Downtown Pittsfield has become a magnet for all things art and nowhere is this more conspicuous than at the Whitney Center for the Arts.  The Thomas Colt mansion, on Wendell Avenue is the current home to what locals like to affectionately call, The Whit.  This stately building has been transformed into a brilliant venue for art shows and performances.  Bringing a bit of NYC to the Berkshires, The Whit hosts chamber music concerts, cabaret nights, opera and staged music, in addition to the always present art exhibits.  Artists from around the globe and throughout the Berkshires have been featured in…

A Pure Product

By The Wellness Guy
As I drove up to Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown, I paused to soak up the coppers and reds of the Berkshire Hills.  Two cats and a fleet of chickens, seemingly happy to co-exist, greeted me outside of the farm store.  The store harkens back to an era when trust was assumed and still operates on the honor system.  You grab some artisanal cheese, meat or bread and leave the money behind.  American consumers have shown a great penchant for artisanal products such as craft beer and coffee, so it’s not surprising to see such demand for…

Stay & Dine in the Berkshires

Are you interested in bringing your group to the Berkshires but don’t know where to stay or where to dine while here?  Not to worry, the Berkshires offers a diverse range of lodging and some of the best dining in Massachusetts to complement the world-class art and cultural offerings found throughout the region.

In the Southern Berkshires, Fairfield Inn & Suites in Great Barrington is the first Marriott in the Berkshires and is newly renovated as of April 2014.   The Fairfield is 100% modern and completely up-to-date.  They also offer a tour bus on-board greeting & farewell, welcome reception and baggage…

October 2014 TasteBerkshires Spotlight

Featured Chef: Nicholas Moulton of Mezze Bistro + Bar

Producing simple food that is bright and full of life, Nicholas Moulton is an accomplished chef who executes a seasonal menu highlighting local foods from farms and food producers in the Berkshire region. New to the Mezze Bistro + Bar menu is a wider offering of smaller plates with an emphasis on plant-based foods and wild ingredients that grow in the Berkshires. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Nick is dedicated to the nose-to-tail philosophy and is involved in the harvesting and butchering of ingredients for the restaurant’s menu. As a chef…

Spring Farming: More Light, (Bring Your) Camera… ACTION!

Following a long and snowy winter here in the Berkshires, the extended cold weather has given farmers plenty of time to plan for mid-Spring activities and a successful growing season. A chill will remain in the air for the next month or so, but the added hours of daylight and a changing climate have contributed to many exciting activities of life on the farm.

Baby chicks are happily growing a few feathers, piglets have arrived to turn nourishing compost into starter soil, cows are beginning to look around the pasture for new green growth, and sheep and goats are giving birth…

Sweet Nature: From Tap to Table

Late February marks the beginning of an old New England tradition when farmers gather sap from sugar maple tree stands and boil it down to a lip-smacking amber syrup. Sugaring season in the Berkshires, and in nearly every small village in Massachusetts, is the very first sign of spring. Well, spring as it’s defined in the world of agriculture – temperatures are not yet worthy of the name! Maple season provides the first glimmer of hope for longer days and greener pastures.

The thawing temperatures of the day followed by below-freezing nights, are just right for the demanding task of maple…

Couples Getaway

By Darcie Sosa

It’s the dead of winter. It’s beautiful, but it’s cold, and you’re going just a little bit stir crazy in your house. You and your partner need to get away; in fact, you need a getaway to the Berkshires! Whether this is your first holiday as a couple or a yearly tradition, you can enjoy time together outdoors, exploring our cultural attractions, or simply taking time to reconnect over a delicious meal in a new place.

Location: Blantyre, Courtesy of Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

Enjoy hitting the slopes together? The Berkshires offers both downhill and cross-country skiing. Beautiful cross-country/snowshoe…